See who Josh Norris has the Bears taking in his latest mock


See who Josh Norris has the Bears taking in his latest mock

General manager Ryan Pace has an important decision to make next week when the Bears select at No. 7 in the first round of the NFL Draft.

And according to Rotoworld's Josh Norris, that pick will come on the offensive side of the ball.

The NFL Draft expert has the Bears selecting West Virginia WR Kevin White in the first round, with Norris adding: "There are only a handful of foundation pieces in this draft. I think Kevin White is one. Place him across from Alshon Jeffery and you have two receivers who can win in contested situations. White also offers yards after catch ability."

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In Norris' mock, players off the board when the Bears "picked" were QB Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay), QB Marcus Mariota (Cleveland, via Tennessee), DL Leonard Williams (Jacksonville), WR Amari Cooper (Oakland), OL Brandon Scherff (Washington) and DE Dante Fowler (New York).

That left a few options on the table who have been linked to the Bears, including White, Vic Beasley, Danny Shelton and Shane Ray.

Check out Norris' complete mock draft, and be sure to browse around our Road to the Draft page, where we've previewed more than 200 college athletes who could hear their names called in Chicago next week.

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots


NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots


Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.